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Ericzone Podcast: Creation of discussions

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eric mailhot ericpodcast-avatarIn April of 2017, i began a new chapter in my audiovisual story. Following my move to Quebec City in March of 2016, it became clear to me that it would be much too complicated to keep up the work on the Blackburn Podcast in Montreal. Once this realization had sunk in, I decided nevertheless to push things forward and to further invest time and resources in the creation of original web content. And so, with patience and the encouraging words from people around me (whom I thank wholeheartedly), I succeeded in putting together a second web show project. Similar to the francophone Blackburn Podcast with its journalistic appeal, i felt it would be logical that i would simply call this new bilingual show the ”Ericzone Podcast.

Far from me wanting to reinvent myself as a web show host, my true purpose in this case (aside from taming the technical aspect of things) is to be more efficient as a producer. Not only does this latest project allow me to do some networking, but it also gives me the chance to practice being eloquent and to work on my camera persona. The Ericzone Podcast also gives me this unique opportunity to quench my thirst for knowledge and to better understand our society. Last but not least, through this project, i hope to continue to create original content and to contribute to positive change in our world. Without a doubt, this new podcast would not have been possible, had i not worked on the Blackburn Podcast alongside Pierre Blackburn, Chantal Paquin, Dan Smith and all the other people whom I owe a great many thanks.

We live in amazing times. Thanks to the accessibility of technologies and the development of social media, it’s now possible to be heard and to inspire others to do the same. It is my opinion, in light of the current environmental situation, that it has become a duty for people everywhere to lend their voice to the marketplace of ideas. It is of utmost importance that we get involved, share our experiences and reach out to others.

Throughout my career, i’ve been privileged to encounter a lot of very interesting people. This podcast gives me a unique chance to share with you, this entourage of inspiring individuals. I thank each and every one of that have taken the time to participate, to watch and to share each episode. I should also thank those patiently waiting for more English episodes. I will have more content in 2018, I promise!

Visit the Ericzone Podcast page on BaladoQuebec.com. For Google Play Music, thanks for listening. The show is also available on Itunes and Stitcher. I invite you to have a look at some photos of the show on Flickr. As always, visit my online portfolio at www.ericzone.com . Visit my professional Facebook page and click Like in order to keep in touch. You can also find me on Youtube. Have you sent me a contact request on LinkedIn? Ericzone is on Instagram.

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End to transphobia: discussion between Elijah Renard and Patrick Verret

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IMAG6423_small Tuesday, January 20th 2015 at café-bar L’Escalier in Montréal, my cameras and I were witness to a very important discussion between Elijah Renard and Patrick Verret, two very involved individuals in our changing society. The atmosphere at the café, although a bit noisy for my digital recorder, was the perfect backdrop for a dialog between these two passionate and heartfelt individuals.

Elijah Renard, trans guy, is currently involved in the defense of rights and liberties of trans individuals through activities linked to his crowdfunding campaign called ‘’Freekitties’’. Added to the recent article on the National Post, Elijah’s story is making waves in the social medias thanks to articles found by Xojane, o.canada.com and through the series of  videos reports i produced and Elijah called ‘Entretien avec un trans’.

Patrick Verret, man since the age of 39, contributes to the hopes of generations of young people living with gender dysphoria through his conferences and the publication of his book. His activities have led him to be interviewed on Radio-Canada with Maude Montembeault. More recently, Patrick Verret and his better-half, Claudine Limoges, have given some insights on their relationship and on the creative process behind the  writing of their book ‘’ Changing sex to finally live ‘’  in an interview on the francophone web show ‘’Blackburn Podcast’’, which i produced alongside Chantal Paquin.

Elijah Renard & Patrick Verret @ L'escalier Montreal 2015 - Photo Eric Mailhot

Elijah Renard & Patrick Verret @ L’escalier Montreal 2015 – Photo Eric Mailhot

The discussion went amazingly well as the two men nearly spent two hours exchanging life experiences and communicating their hopes in light of the ever present intolerance which still plagues our society in 2015. Early in the evening, there was even the visit by Pierre Blackburn, host of the Blackburn Podcast. It was during the recording of an episode of the show, with guest Patrick Verret, where i truly came to understand the difficult realities of ”trans” individuals. So it was basically thanks to Patrick that I was inspired, months later, to invest time in Elijah’s crowd funding campaign called ”Freekitties”. Which brings us back to this very important meeting at café L’Escalier.

I feel fortunate to be surrounded by people who possess a good moral sense and values. The way I see it, compassion and an open mind are but a few of the human qualities everybody should learn to understand and promote. I would even go as to suggest that it has now become our duty as citizens to counter-balance the lack of education and awareness in our social institutions. I hope that this unexpected interview between two fascinating people will be allowed to contribute to the elevation of human intellect and the realization the treatment which is much too often given to those that fail to fall in line with the majority. I will keep you informed as soon as I am done editing the interview.

Thank you Chantal Paquin, co-producer of the Blackburn Podcast, to have contributed to the meeting between Elijah and Patrick. I invite you to go have a look at the photos on my Flickr page. Have a look at Patrick’s webpage and buy his book! If you wish to pledge your support to Elijah Renard’s Free Kitties campaign, please go visit his Indiegogo page today! Follow the Blackburn Podcast on twitter and on Facebook. As always, visit my online portfolio at www.ericzone.com and visit my professional Facebook page and click like in order to keep in touch.

Taxi Drivers: Montreal Storytellers

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I’ve always felt that taxi rides are more than a simple car drive. More than often, these taxi rides become a communion of sorts, where aspirations, concerns and hopes are revealed. Discussions often turn into stories, political banter or profound sport analysis. With a little bit of introspection, one might even be tempted to grasp the social significance of this institution in the growth of our modern society.

I particularly value the cultural diversity, from one taxi ride to the other. It is always quite interesting to learn of people’s life experiences, to grasp their appreciation of the distinct culture in Quebec and to understand the often difficult transition of coming to North America.

For those of you who are fluent in French, i invite you to have a listen to a short recording of a great discussion i had in February of 2014. In the recording, the taxi driver talks about Che Guevara, René Levesque and Nelson Mandela. I also discover Blek le Roc, an Italian comic book character appreciated in Algeria in the 1960, who happened to be a North American trapper from 1774. Talk about multiethnic!

Before social media and the considerable evolution of tele-communication, life was lived at a slower pace. We owe respect to the cafés, barber shops and taxi drivers. Those were, and still are, the places we’ve always felt comfortable to converse with others and to grow, one discussion at a time.

As always, visit my online portfolio at www.ericzone.com and visit my professional Facebook page and click like in order to keep in touch.